This past weekend was the second annual March for Moms event in Washington D.C. and in satellite marches all around the United States. Wow, what a weekend! My social media feeds were jumping with quotes, live feeds, first-person accounts and lots of pictures from those in attendance. Lamaze International was one of the sponsors and it was great to see our organization's name up there on the huge center stage. I was proud of the role that my certifying body has taken in standing with other leaders in maternal-infant health to improve outcomes for families and supporting this event.
March for Moms continues with their campaign by meeting with Congresspeople on Tuesday in the Washington D.C. They have declared this week the first-ever Maternal Health Week and teams of people are prepared to represent parents and babies to the people who allocate funds and are charged with protecting the most vulnerable.
I caught up with Lamaze International Board Member Alice Turner after she participated in the March for Moms event on the Mall in D.C. on behalf of Lamaze this past Sunday. Alice attended with her mother Linda Gilbreath age 68, and her two daughters, Lily, 16, and Cecile, 14.
There were lots of representatives on behalf of Lamaze, including staff and organizational leaders. I am so appreciative of everyone's time to turn out and stand with others to help improve outcomes for parents and their infants.
For more info about the advocacy work that March for Moms is doing, check out this resource. The MfM Advocacy toolkit is available here. Did you attend the March for Moms in Washington D.C. or in your community? What was your experience like?